Laughing Kookaburra

Our Laughing Kookaburra, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Laughing Kookaburra (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Laughing Kookaburra Facts
Laughing Kookaburra
Dacelo novaeguineae

Type
Bird
Life Span
up to 20 years
Size
15-18 in tall
Average Weight
13-16 oz
Group Name
Flock
Group Size
Varies
Name of Young
Chick

Our Laughing Kookaburra, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • They are the largest member of the kingfisher family. Kookaburras are native to Australia and New Zealand.
  • They are carnivores and eat lizards, young birds, small mammals, and even snakes and small reptiles.
  • Kookaburras tend to live in pairs or in small family groups. They often nest in tree holes. They lay 2-4 eggs at a time and fledglings leave the nest after about 25 days. The parents continue to feed them for a few more weeks afterwards.
  • They have a very recognizable call that has made its way into our popular culture. It is often featured in jungle themed movie and television soundtracks regardless of the setting’s location.
  • They typically live in eucalyptus forests, but have adapted to living around humans in suburban areas as well.

Did You Know?

Kookaburras are well known for their unique vocalizations and are called “bushman’s clocks” because they call at dusk and dawn. In aboriginal folklore, when the world was created, Kookaburras were told to wake everything up.